Rangers RHP Dempster out for personal reasons
Ryan Dempster is going to have to wait a little longer to make
another start in his native Canada.
The right-hander will miss his scheduled start for the Texas
Rangers on Saturday at Toronto due to personal reasons.
Dempster, who is from British Columbia, was slated to make his
first start in Canada since opening day for the Marlins at Montreal
on April 2, 2002. He went 5-0 in eight career appearances in
Montreal, but has never pitched in Toronto.
Recently demoted starter Roy Oswalt will take Dempster’s place
against the Blue Jays.
The Rangers placed Dempster on the restricted list Friday and
recalled rookie outfielder Leonys Martin from Triple-A Round Rock.
The AL West leaders didn’t offer any further explanation for
Dempster’s absence and said he was expected to rejoin the team
Dempster has struggled since he was acquired in a trade with the
Chicago Cubs on July 31. He is 1-1 with an 8.31 ERA in three starts
He got a no-decision in his Texas debut when the Rangers beat
the Los Angeles Angels 15-9, but was hit hard by the AL
East-leading Yankees in an 8-2 loss on Monday. His only win with
Texas came at Boston’s Fenway Park, where he allowed three unearned
runs in 6 2-3 innings of a 6-3 win on Aug. 7.
Martin has appeared in 15 games this season, batting .189 with
no homers and five RBIs.
Oswalt was bumped from the rotation when the Rangers acquired
Dempster. A three-time All-Star, Oswalt is 4-2 with a 6.53 ERA
since signing with Texas in late May, appearing in relief three
times after making six starts.